Greg Victoroff is the founding partner of the Los Angeles law firm of Greg Victoroff & Associates. Since 1979 Mr. Victoroff has handled intellectual property and business litigation matters, trials and appeals in state and federal courts, copyright, trademark, and intellectual property contracts and insurance issues in the film, fine art, and music industries. Since 1988 he has been an arbitrator and mediator resolving complex entertainment and IP disputes. He has received a Martindale-Hubbell rating of “AV Preeminent,” the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He was named 2014, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property by American Lawyer Media.
Mr. Victoroff’s institutional clients have included Concord Music Group, Mark Burnett Productions, Epson, Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the Italian-American Opera Foundation, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem as Trustees of the Estate of Albert Einstein, The Graphic Artist’s Guild, Tacony, Balcony Press, Soft Air USA, Bellwork Press, Intervisual Books, The Erotic Museum, sculptors Carole Feuerman, Tony Delap, musicians Bruno Mars, Chuck Mangione, Phranc, Al McKay and Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Timothy Yarger Fine Art and Ikon Fine Art art galleries, among others.
Mr. Victoroff has served as an expert witness in trademark, copyright and idea theft cases and is certified by the State Bar of California as an MCLE provider. He frequently lectures on intellectual property law matters for Bar Associations, law schools, art and music schools across the country, including UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, Yale Entertainment and Sports Law Association, American Bar Association, American Law Institute, State Bar of California, American Association of Museums, The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, The University of The Arts, Honolulu Academy of Art Center, Claremont College, California.
Institute of the Arts, Hollywood Film Festival, Otis/Parsons College of Art and of Design, California State Northridge, Art Center College of Design, Ringling School of Art and Design, Chaffee College, College of the Desert, Screen Actors Guild, The Graphic Artist’s Guild, The Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair and Art Expo New York.
Mr. Victoroff has served as a legal consultant to documentary films including “I Ain’t In It For My Health”, about Levon Helm, former vocalist and drummer for The Band, “Bombing LA”, about Los Angeles graffiti, “Kamikaze Hearts”, about the San Francisco and Los Angeles adult movie business, and NBC’s “Midnight Caller”.
In addition to authoring numerous articles on copyright and entertainment law, he is the editor and co-author of “The Visual Artists Business and Legal Guide” (Prentice Hall 1995) and a contributor to “Art and Museum Law” (Carolina Academic Press 2002), “The Musicians Business and Legal Guide” (Prentice Hall 2001), “How To Make and Sell Your Own Recording” (Prentice Hall 1999), “A Music Business Primer” (Prentice Hall 2003) ,“Entertainment Publishing and the Arts Handbook” (Clark Boardman 1990) and the “Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines” (GAG 2001-2010)and Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal. His entertainment law interviews have appeared in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Art and Business News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, People, Los Angeles Lawyer and Keyboard Player magazines.
Mr. Victoroff is the past President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers and a founding member of its Committee for the Arts. For his pro bono volunteer legal services Greg has received awards from the American Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Boy Scouts of America, the Urban League and former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. In 2008 he received the first Artistic License Award presented to an individual attorney from California Lawyers for the Arts.
Mr. Victoroff received a B.A. in Theatre and teaching credential from Beloit College in 1976 and received his J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1979. In 1978 he transferred from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to the UCLA School of Law to study copyright and entertainment law with the late Melville Nimmer and art law with Monroe Price.
As a musician Mr. Victoroff has backed artists such as Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, Bobby McFerrin, Journey, Jefferson Starship and Graham Nash, Ernie Watts and Barbie Benton. He currently performs with the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra and his own jazz ensemble.
Activities & Awards
2014, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property – American Lawyer Media and Martindale – Hubbell
Artistic License Award – (first award presented to individual attorney) – California Lawyers for the Arts 2008
Louis B. Fox Award Service to the Bar, Beverly Hills Bar Association – September 2005
California Lawyers for the Arts, State-Wide Advisory Board, May, 1991.
California Lawyers for the Arts, Public Service Award, March, 1991.
Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers, President, October 1988 – October 1989.
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Award of Achievement “Service to the Public”, 1988-1989.
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Award of Achievement, “Service to the Bar”, 1988-89.
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Distinguished Leadership Award, October, 1989.
Beverly Hills Bar Association, “Lawrence J. Blake” Award, Service to the Bar, October, 1989.
Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers: Board of Governors, September 1982 – October 1990.
Boy Scouts of America, Career Awareness Program Award, March, 1989; May, 1991.
Los Angeles Unified School District, Career Awareness Program Award, March, 1989.
Through Children’s Eyes, Inc., Board of Directors, 1987 – 1997.
City of Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation, October, 1986.
State Bar of California Pro Bono Legal Services Award, 1985
Judge Pro Tem, Municipal Court of Beverly Hills, 1984 – 1986.
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Law Week Award, October, 1984.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property||American Lawyer Media and Martindale – Hubbell||2015|
|Poetic Justice Award||California Lawyers for the Arts||2008|
|Managing Partner||Greg Victoroff & Associates||2013 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court, Central District, Californa||Volunteer IP Mediator||2016 - Present|
|Independent Film and Television Alliance||Arbitrator and Mediator||2013 - Present|
|Los Angeles Copyright Society||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|UCLA Anderson School of Business||Intellectual Property Lecturer||2003 - Present|
|Center for Cultural Innovation||Copyright and art law lecturer||2000 - Present|
|California Lawyers for the Arts||Arbitrator, Mediator, Panel Attorney||1984 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Attorney Member||1984 - Present|
|Beverly Hill Bar Association||Member||1978 - Present|
|New Matter (State Bar of California IP Section)||The Importance of Being Ernest: Obtaining Copyright Registrations for 20th Century U.S. and Non-U.S. Photo Collections,||2014|
|The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide,||Sampling: Legal Overview and Practical Guidelines,||2008|
|New Matter (State Bar of California IP Section)||Copyrights in Attorney Work Product- Panacea or Pandora’s Box?||2006|
|Art and Museum Law, Carolina Academic Press||Analysis of an Exclusive Gallery and Publishing Agreement||2002|
|California State Bar Intellectual Property Institute, syllabus,||Provisions For Trademark Agreements||2002|
|California State Bar Intellectual Property Institute, syllabus,||Provisions For Copyright Agreements||2002|
|Visual Artists And The Law, syllabus, CLE International,||David vs. Goliath: Using Novel, Low Cost “Guerilla Tactics” to Help Artists With Limited Resources Win Copyright Contract and Collection Disputes Against Giant Corporations and Insurance Defense Counsel||2002|
|Legal Problems of Museum Administration, syllabus, American Law Institute/American Bar Association||Forbidden Faces: Celebrity Images and Rights of Publicity||2002|
|Visual Arts and the Law, syllabus, CLE International,||Trademarks and Free Artistic Expression,||2001|
|Visual Arts and the Law, syllabus, CLE International,||Online Transactions Involving Visual Arts and Photography,||2001|
|Trademark and Copyright Practice for Paralegals, Syllabus, Half Moon LLC,||Trademark and Copyright Litigation,||2000|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal,||Visual Art Appearing in Movies, TV, Video and Multimedia Works,||1997|
|Whittier Law Review,||The Other Curse of the Werewolf: Interpreting Copyright Transfers Under U.S. and English Law,||1995|
|Entertainment Law Review,||Exclusive Gallery and Publishing Agreements: U.S. Precedent and Commentary,||1995|
|The Visual Artist’s Business and Legal Guide,||The Visual Artist’s Business and Legal Guide,||1995|
|The Visual Artists Business and Legal Guide,||Art Fraud: Scams, Counterfeits, Fakes and Forgeries,||1995|
|COMM/ENT Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal,||Poetic Justice: California “Work Made For Hire” Laws Invite State Regulation of Parties to Copyright Contracts,||1990|
|Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal||Entertainment Law Articles||1990|
|Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine,||U.S. Copyright After Berne,||1989|
|The Suicidal Patient,||Suicide and Law||1983|
|Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|Beloit College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|Intellectual Property law for Entrepreneurs||Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and Trade Secrets||2014|
|2013 Annual Convention||Obtaining Copyright Registrations for 20th Century U.S. and Non-U.S. Photo Collections||2013|
|LAUSD teacher training in innovation and intellectual property law||LAUSD teacher training in innovation and intellectual property law||2013|
|Photography and Law||Photography and Law||2013|
|The Fine Art of Film||Copyrights and fine arts in motion pictures and television and advertising||2013|
|Art Law Conference||Appropriationism and Fine Art||2012|
|Copyrights, Contracts and Collections||Copyrights, Contracts and Collections||2004|
|Copyrights and Business Law for Art Professionals||Copyrights and Business Law for Art Professionals||2004|
|State Bar of California Intellectual Property Institute||Rights of Publicity; Trademark Agreements, Licensing,||2003|
|Copyright and Intellectual Property Fundamentals for Performing and Visual Arts Teachers||Copyright and Intellectual Property Fundamentals for Performing and Visual Arts Teachers||2002|
|Visual Artists and the Law Conference,||Copyright/Trademark Overview; Guerilla Tactics for Arts Litigatiors;||2002|
|Museum Law Conference,||Rights of Publicity,||2002|
|Broadcast Education Association, National Conference||Acquiring, Producing and Protecting True Life Story Rights and Ideas,||2002|
|Yale Entertainment and Sports Law Association,||Copycat Killers & Copyright Crooks,||1999|
|Ruthless Records et al vs. Macola Records, et al||Obtained Federal Court injunction on behalf of seminal hip hop/rap group “N.W.A.” (Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, MC Ren) against Macola Records, leading to multi-platinum Priority Records deal.|
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